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Daily Links for Tuesday, July 5

Glad to see yo on the other side of July 4 - now let's talk some hockey, shall we?

Sabres Sign Weber To Multi-year Deal - WGR 550
The Buffalo Sabres announced Monday they have re-signed defenseman Mike Weber to a multi-year contract.

Weber's toughness - Sabres Edge
Here are some links sampling what the 6-foot-2, 211-pounder brings to the Sabres lineup -- toughness and the ability to get underneath the oppositions skin, for better or worse.

Buffalo, Pegula are for real - The Buffalo News
Sabres making headlines for all the right reasons this summer.

The Perception Of Kotalik - Hockey Rhetoric
By NHL standards, Kotalik is an incomplete player. He’s incomplete because of the environment he learned the game of hockey in.

I Hate Having To Say So, But You're An Idiot - Dear God Why Us Sports
Tim Connolly continues to cause craziness among sports fans.

San Jose Sharks, Minnesota Wild deal again; swap Dany Heatley and Martin Havlat - ESPN
San Jose and Minnesota made their second major deal of the offseason with the Sharks sending forward Dany Heatley to the Wild on Sunday for forward Martin Havlat.

Maple Leafs acquire Franson, Lombardi from Predators - TSN
The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired defenceman Cody Franson and centre Matthew Lombardi from the Nashville Predators in exchange for defenceman Brett Lebda and forward Robert Slaney.

A look at the top remaining free agents -
A lot of the big-ticket free agents have been scooped up, but there's still some free-agent talent on the market.

Free agency winners and losers - THN
Free agency is only a few days old, but it's not too early to start picking out which teams have come out on top and which have work to do yet. Sabres are on the losing side.

What’s the future of front-loaded long-term contracts in NHL? - Puck Daddy
Cap circumvention is alive and well in the NHL. Question is what, if anything, should be done about it?